After a Friday night of epic rampage, I have often wondered why my hangovers last for 2 days now. I must be getting old. Ha! It escapes me as to how I have managed to survive my party days just a few years ago when Â I can be drunk, hung over and still go to work all in the same day. Â Gone are those days now as I hurt like an old hag for 2 days even on just a few cocktails … then again, I usually end up mixing my drinks and forget to water down. So, heh … I only have myself to blame for my suffering.
Most times I just chug on Â Gatorade and Â pop a headache pill before I hit the sack when I get home from a long night and sometimes it does help, but I still feel awful for a while. When I was living in Canada, my ex always had some clamato juice on stand-by for those lovely hangovers from hell.Â Iâ€™ve never heard of such a concoction prior to living in the Great White North, but clamato juice is the main ingredient to a Bloody Caesar cocktail which is solely Canadian in origin.Â It is such a popular drink in Calgary that even the Mayor declared May 19, 2009 as Caesar Day.
Clamato is a mix of clam and tomato juice, manufactured independently by the Mottâ€™s company. This drink is almost totally unheard of in the US, except forÂ bars found along the Canadian border. It is similar to a Bloody Mary, except for the clamato which makes it a Bloody Caesar.Â Itâ€™s a pretty tasty and refreshing cocktail on a hot summer day, but it is also a popular cure for hangovers. Studies have also shown that drinking a Caesar together with an aspirin may help protect oneâ€™s stomach from aspirin damage.
What exactly you may wonder is in a Bloody Caesar that made it phenomenal in Canada? The simplest way to rememberÂ how to make this drink is toÂ apply the â€œ one-two-three-fourâ€ rule.Â Letâ€™s break that down to:Â 1- 1.5 oz ofÂ vodka , 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce, 3 dashes of salt and pepper, 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and finished with 4-6 oz of clamato juice and a lot of ice. It is served in a glass rimmed with celery salt and garnished with a celery stalk and lime. Believe me, I have gotten hooked on this cocktail for years itâ€™s just sad I canâ€™t find clamato in this here country I am living in. Another popular drink in Calgary made with the same clamato mix is the Calgary Red eye. This is often my drink when the men are hanginâ€™ out at home and drinking beer as I canâ€™t really handle much beer. It is basically the same cocktail except that beer replaces vodka and is best served in a fruit jar or flask.
Truth be told, I often miss that laid back life. Living out in a sweet log cabin nestled in the Â quaint ski town of Canmore, Alberta. That time in my life has made so much difference as to who I am today. I don’t know how on earth I ever found my way over to the opposite side of the globe but looking back on it, I say serendipity had much to do with my Great White North adventure. Â I went to Canada to find myself Â and heal my broken soul after getting out of a traumatic 2 year marriage fail. Â And sure enough, I found my heart, my soul, my light and my joy. The Canadian Rockies holds a special place in my life as half my heart belongs to a wee Canadian boy.
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